Rapper turned actor Will Smith will play the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in an upcoming movie titled “King Richard,” reports Deadline Hollywood.
Despite having no tennis background, he overcame tremendous hardship, skepticism and his own troubled past to raise two of the game’s greatest players. When his daughters were around the age of four, Richard Williams drew up a 78-page plan for their professional tennis careers.
He began giving them tennis lessons and the girls learned the game on cracked, weedy public courts in Compton, reportedly after their father brawled with young toughs who were not fans of the sport and would not make way.
The Williams sisters went on to become two of the greatest female players in tennis history, with Serena arguably the best ever, with 23 Grand Slam tournament wins. Venus Williams has won seven Grand Slam titles.
Let’s hope it’s a little bit better than Smith’s last sports movie.
Remember the CTE film Concussion.
Not many do.
Smith will next be seen starring in Aladdin for Disney, recently stepped away from reprising in the Suicide Squad sequel.
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